What To Do in Rome: Our Rome Foodie Travel Guide

What To Do in Rome: Our Rome Foodie Travel Guide

Traveling to Italy was the trip of a LIFETIME and we completely fell in love with Rome. We sought out the best foods from Rome to share them with you here. Rome has a LOT of touristy restaurants with not the most authentic food. Rest assured, our guide will point you to terrific local Roman spots with absolutely droolworthy dishes. Read where to get the BEST pizza in Rome and how to tell if the gelato you're ordering is FAKE!

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Sun dried tomato pasta with shrimp, capers, basil, and toasted pine nuts

Sun dried tomato pasta with shrimp, capers, basil, and toasted pine nuts

This sundried tomato pasta recipe has a very light sauce made of olive oil and white wine but is packed with flavors. The combination of the sun dried tomatoes, capers, shallots, garlic, fresh basil and pine nuts add a TON of textures and flavors to the pasta dish so that you don’t need to load it up with a heavy sauce. We added shrimp to this recipe but we’re sure it would be tasty with chicken or as a vegetable pasta recipe too.

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Italian Lamb Shanks with Parmesan Polenta

Italian Lamb Shanks with Parmesan Polenta

For this Valentines Day, we’re pulling inspiration from our recent vacation to Italy, specifically Florence to make a braised Italian lamb shank recipe.  For our slow cooked lamb shank, we used Italian red wine (of course!), tomatoes, and the seasonings of Italy.  This recipe also includes a super buttery and cheesy parmesan polenta for the base. Talk about love!

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Homemade Pizza - Rosa Pizza with a Prosciutto Rose

Homemade Pizza - Rosa Pizza with a Prosciutto Rose

For this pizza recipe, we decided to take a unique spin on traditional pizza sauce by making a rosa pizza. It’s very simple to do, just mix together a white sauce with a red sauce and voila, you have a new spin on a pizza. Since it was a rosa pizza, we even decided to top it with a prosciutto rose! Making the carnivorous flower its actually quite easy to pull off and it makes your pizza look all that more romantic. Find out how in this post!

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Zuppa Toscana Soup

Zuppa Toscana Soup

Everyone in Austin, Texas is freaking out right now. “Did you see how cold it is going to be today?!? A low of 31 degrees is BELOW FREEZING.” Although this makes Karen (a girl born and raised in Minnesota and who spent half her life figure skating in brisk arenas) chuckle, it still serves as a perfect time to snuggle up with our favorite soup: Zuppa Toscana.

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Italian Hot Hoagie Recipe

Hot, melty, gooey sammies are where it’s at, and to be honest, who even really likes cold cut sandwiches?? Somehow when you heat things up, a sandwich gets magical. When you’re looking for a lunch idea, take an extra few minutes to take your sandwich from meh to extraordinary with our hot hoagie recipe.

Italian Hot Hoagie Recipe

The thing that sets this recipe apart is the giardiniera! We are huge fans of Austin-based Hat Creek Provisions and they served as our inspiration to take the Italian-ness up a few notches on our Italian hoagie. The secret? We used the giardiniera juice as the base of our vinaigrette! Hat Creek naturally ferments all their provisions. This means instead of using plain old vinegar we’re super-charging our dressing with a tasty, natural, and probiotic-packed outcome, which has been known to be good for your metabolism, is packed with antioxidants and is a known hangover helper. Score! Use your own Italian dressing if you may, but we recommend trying our recipe as well.  Also, in the case that you’re looking for a new healthy snack we HIGHLY recommend all of Hat Creek’s pickles the owner’s family has been making award winning pickles for years and you can truly taste his mastery in every batch.

Makes 2 Hoagies

Ingredients:

  • 2 hoagie rolls
  • 1/4 pound genoa salami
  • 1/4 pound soppressata
  • 4 slices of provolone cheese (or 6 if you’re feelin’ crazy)
  • Arugula or other lettuce
  • 1/2 cup Hat Creek Giardiniera, chopped
  • Sliced red onion
  • Italian dressing (check our recipe out below)
  • Oregano

Our “Special” Italian dressing:

  • Juice from a giardiniera jar
  • 2/3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 packet Italian dressing seasoning (we used Good Seasons brand)

Mix all the above ingredients in a shaker or a mason jar.  Bada-bing you just made homemade-ish dressing.

Italian Hot Hoagie Sandwich Recipe

To turn the hoagie into a work of art, turn your oven on to broil. Slice hoagie rolls in half and place open-side up in a baking container. Drizzle bread with some Italian dressing. Add all the layer of cheese (we prefer provolone or mozzarella). Place arugula and red onion on the cheese. Layer on all the meats, possibly sneak a slice or two of meat to eat during assembly. Pop it in the broiler for 4-5 minutes. Cooking time will vary based on how close it is to the top rack, so keep a close eye on it. Remove from oven and top with the chopped giardiniera, oregano, salt, pepper and drizzle additional Italian dressing on the top. Enjoy while it is hot and melty!